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La Vecchia Ristorante

Posted by Staff / Listed on August 27, 2006 / review policy

La Vecchia TorontoEverytime I pass by La Vecchia Ristorante at Yonge & Eglinton, it is packed with patrons. The patio is always full; sometimes there is a line up at the door.

Today, just after the brunch rush, I happened to walk by and see that the restaurant was dying down. It was time to check out its offerings.

We walked into the Italian restaurant to a room full of pictures of landmarks, celebrities and artists from the Republic. The staff was busy setting up for dinner, but they were warm and welcoming.

I ordered the pizza Stagioni ($8.25), an authentic thin crust with prosciutto, tomato sauce, mozzarella, black olives, mushrooms and artichoke hearts. Mark had the pizza Calabrese ($7.95) with roasted red peppers, salami, mozzarella and tomato sauce.

Both pies were done just like the classic pizzeria's I had visited in Italy. Oddly shaped, but roughly 10", the crust was baked to a nice crisp. Pizzas also came with a mixed green salad tossed with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing. They were the perfect size for lunch.

Our server was on the ball. She very nicely asked us our preference on seating, took our drink order a minute or two after we looked at the menu and delivered our water and bread just after she took our order. We never had to wait for a refill on water (hey, it was a seriously humid day) and visited us to make sure our meals were fine.

I checked their website to find that their menu online did not have the Stagioni or the Calabrese listed. However, majority of their offerings are.

Photo by Ceci Cheung on Flickr

Discussion

5 Comments

Tanja / August 27, 2006 at 07:49 pm
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mmmmmmmm.
sweetspotlee / August 27, 2006 at 10:27 pm
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La Vecchia is my second favourite Italian restaurant in the neighbourhood. Though LV is quite good, Zucca is nearby and wayyyyyy better - in fact, I think it's one of the best restaurants in the city.
Dan / April 21, 2011 at 09:41 pm
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The phone number is wrong; should be 416-489-0630.
Michelle / April 22, 2011 at 05:02 pm
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This is the most useless review I've ever read in my life. Thanks for telling me the shape of the pizza though - really helpful. How about how it tasted????
May / October 22, 2013 at 06:23 pm
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My most disappointing restaurant in Toronto and I do eat out a lot! The mixed sea food platter has all the grilled fish (salmon and red snapper) grilled burned on one side and soft raw on the other, so I couldn't eat any of it. This is only 25% of the problem, the disaster comes from the way the restaurant staff handled this situation. We asked for the bill and told the waitress that there is problem with this plate. The waitress said she will check with the chef. She came back with the bill that includes the plate on it and didn't say anything. So, I asked her if she talked to the chef. She said yes and that the chef doesn't see any problem with the cooking of the fish that way. That was an unbelievable answer!! I told her I don't think that this is the best answer that the chef an come up with (I was more upset by the unapologetic tone). She asked if we'd like her to remove it from the bill. We said yes please (I hardly touched the plate after tasting the fish). So, she handed us right away another bill without the plate on it that she had in her hand all this time but was just waiting to see if we'd just pay the original bill !!!! That was unbelievable! To me ... this is the worst thing ever! by the way ...this plate was for $31, so not cheap. And I would have paid it if the chef or staff were sincerely apologetic about the bad experience I had.

Oh...and just in case the above is not enough and you decide to still give this place a chance...just never try to substitute anything in any order...if you want vegs instead of fries...you will have to still order the vegs separately at a charge. Substitutions are out of question!

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